Last night I had a horrible dream. I’m not sure what spurred this dream, as dreams are pretty enigmatic and you can never know what will cause you to fall into a nightmare..maybe it was something I eat…
There I am sitting at work. It appears to be lunchtime and one of my co-workings that goes to lunch every day asks me if I want to come. I agree and follow her out to her car. It’s bright outside, around 12 or 1pm. I don’t ask where we are going, who else is going or who’s paying and get into my friends car.
We arrive at the restaurant, and there are about ten other people at the table. I realize I have been to the restaurant before and know it is expensive. I still don’t know who’s paying but soon gather I’m probably buying my own lunch.
Once we are all seated, I realize there are no menus. I don’t know anyone at the table except the person that invited me. She didn’t introduce me to anyone. Everyone else at the table seems to know what they plan to order. Someone orders appetizers, and with them, the waiter brings a large paper bag. I start reaching into the bag to find a menu. The bag must have been a trash bag and I pulled out a dirty, greasy appetizer menu but can’t find an entree menu.
The waitstaff is incredibly rude and I am afraid to ask for a menu. Soon our waiter came back to take our orders. It seemed like an eternity and I am incredibly nervous. I didn’t know what I was going to order! I started trying to listen to what everyone else is ordering but I can’t hear them. Then, the lights all go off. No one seems to notice. My company isn’t very friendly either and no one can tell me what I should order.
I continue digging in the brown paper bag until I pull out an entree menu. The lights are all still off, so I try and use my cell phone to give some light to the menu. This menu is also dirty and covered in grease. As my turn comes to order, the waiter rudely asks what I want, and I look at the menu in the dim light from my cell phone only to find there are no prices on the menu! The waiter, and everyone at the table is looking at me. It’s still dark and I can’t see anyone, but I can feel their eyes on me, telling me to hurry up and order. I feel an enormous sense of panic…and that’s when I wake up.
I woke in cold sweat, with my heart pounding. I have never had this dream before, but I can tell you it is one of the worst dreams I have ever had. Apparently my worst nightmare is being unprepared.
In real life, I have already mentally prepared for every situation that came up in this dream. I have excuses to avoid lunches at work on standby, not because I don’t like my co-workers (they are actually quite pleasant and I enjoy when we do get the chance to go to a company sponsored lunch) but because spending money on lunch at work is not in my budget.
If I did find myself at a restaurant with people I didn’t know, I would introduce myself and get to know them. I love meeting new people.
If for some odd reason the restaurant we were eating at didn’t supply menus, I would talk to the waitstaff and find out what they recommend. I know what menu items are usually pricey and which ones are reasonably priced, at most restaurants. I would probably just order the soup of the day, in a cup. Regardless of what the soup of the day was, soups are very filling and ordering it in a cup would insure that the price was not extravagant. I would make a joke about watching my weight, or having eaten already to avoid and simply enjoy the company of the people I was with.
Lunch aside, am I this prepared for things in my financial life? I would like to think so, but I know there are areas that I am unprepared and this dream has spurred me to look more closely at my finances overall. I never want to feel like I did in this dream when it comes to money. That lunch with my coworker and her mute friends at the restaurant with the rude waiters and greasy, throw away menus will end without long lasting consequences. Being unprepared in a financial situation can have an effect on the rest of my life.
Have you ever had a finance related nightmare?
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